Rudolph the red nosed reindeer had a very bioluminescent nose. A reply to van der Hoven et al. 2012

Neil Crooks, Claire Marriott, Hannah R. Clifforth, Zain A. Ahmed, Arnold Xhikola, Samuel G. Penny, Angelo Pernetta

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Research published in Deinsea by van der Hoven et al. (2012) identifies the cause of Rudolph’s infamous red nose to be the consequence of hyperemia of the nasal mucosa induced by the exertion of pulling a heavy load. Van der Hoven et al. (2012) claim that the excessive stresses endured whilst flying with Santa Claus and the sleigh in tow resulted in cerebral and bodily hyperthermia, overworking the nasal cooling system, causing the nose to glow. Whilst we recognise van der Hoven et al.’s (2012) central tenet of highly vascularized nasal mucosa in reindeer (Rangifer tarandus Linnaeus, 1758) helping regulate nasal heat exchange, we concluded that this is unlikely to be the causal factor of Rudolph’s particularly iridescent appendage for multiple reasons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2017


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© 2017 Crooks, Marriott, Clifforth, Ahmed, Xhikola, Penny & Pernetta. Distributed under Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0.

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